Jury

Nikolaas Tahon, Managing Partner at Deloitte Accountancy & Member of Executive Committee Belgium (Chair Judge)
Nikolaas Tahon combines accountancy, financial, tax and legal expertise to advise SMEs and family companies. In his role as sparring partner of business owners and their management, Nikolaas focuses on financial and operational reporting and planning, financial performance analysis, defining areas of improvement, action plans, strategic decision making and outlining the continuity of management and shareholding of family companies. Nikolaas is also responsible for the full range of Deloitte offerings to Private & Family Businesses.
Marc Decorte, CEO of Belgian Shell

Marc has been CEO of Shell in Belgium and Luxembourg for more than 10 years. He is the Founding Partner of InnoWings, a C-level Digital Transformation & Disruptive Business Models consultancy company. He serves on the board of organisations such as VITO ( a leading European independent research & technology organisation in the areas of cleantech and sustainable development). Marc is coach for a number of innovative startups.
Marc has 35 years experience in technology, business development, marketing and driving the bottom-line of  B2C and B2B businesses at global level. Over the last 6 years, Marc has built up extensive expertise in digital transformation through his former position as Global VP Connected Digital Technologies for Shell.
He holds a Masters degree in Telecoms & Electronic Engineering from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, a degree in e-Commerce from ICHEC Management School in Brussels and an Executive MBA from IMD in Lausanne.

Jožica Rejec, CEO of Domel, Slovenia, Board Chair of JA Slovenia

Jožica Rejec studied electrical engineering at the Faculty of electrical engineering in Ljubljana. She graduated in 1978 and got employed at Iskra Elektromotorji as an electric motor designer. She dedicated her life to making improvements to the electric motors that the company produced. In 1988 she became head of electromotor design and obtained her bachelor’s degree. A PhD followed in 2004 and later a Masters in Business Administration from IEDC in 2008. Having served as head of R&D at Domel since 1994, she became CEO in 2007 with a turnover of 120M€ and 1200 employees. In 2016 she was one of the few recipients of a Chamber of commerce award for management skills.
Marie-Louise van Trier, Director of International Accounts Europe ManpowerGroup, The Netherlands
  Based in Brussels, Marie-Louise van Trier joined ManpowerGroup in 1994; joining the International Accounts Team EMEA in 1996. In her current role as Director of International Accounts Europe, she is responsible for the development of Innovative Workforce Solutions for International Clients in the European Region covering 41 countries as well as the Account Management of those multi geographical accounts and the Operational Account Management Support for global accounts. Ms van Trier is specialized in International Sales & Management, Workforce Strategies and Innovative Workforce Solutions to help clients win in the changing world of work. She has over 20 years of extensive experience in successfully executing global sales initiatives, collaborating with operations across all regions and countries as well as being accountable for results generated for global partners/clients.

 

Barak Pridor, Managing Partner at Saban Ventures, Tel Aviv, Israel

Barak Pridor serves as Managing Partner at Saban Ventures. Based in Tel Aviv, he leads the fund's venture and growth equity investments.
Barak serves on the boards of Partner Communication (NASDAQ: PTNR), Playbuzz, Applicaster, Leadspace, Beach Bum and Sosa.
Prior to Saban Ventures, Barak's career was comprised of entrepreneurial and operating roles, ranging from building an early-stage company into a market leader to a senior leadership role within a large, global corporation. His experience also includes venture capital investment, as well as various executive and non-executive board positions. Earlier in his career, Barak served as an Executive Vice President at Thomson Reuters (NYSE: TRI) and was CEO of ClearForest, which was acquired by TRI.
As part of his commitment to the Israeli tech scene, Barak co-founded SOSA, a hub for entrepreneurs, service providers and executives involved in Israel’s start-up scene.

 Michal Nebeský, Citi Country Officer Czech Republic

     
Michal Nebesky has been Citi Country Officer for the Czech Republic and CZ/SK Cluster Head since 2012. Prior to his current role, Michal was Chief Financial Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Czech national railway company, České Dráhy.

Michal Nebesky had previously worked for Citibank in several top management positions in the Banking and Risk departments between 1991 and 2008, becoming Risk Management Director for the Czech Republic in 2002. In 2006 this responsibility was extended to Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, the former Yugoslavia and the Baltic states.

Michal graduated from the University of Economics in Prague with a Masters Degree in international trade and Finance. He speaks fluent English and Russian.
Sinead  Ní Fhátharta, Enterprise and Employment Manager, Enterprise and Employment Division, Galway, Ireland
Sinead Ní Fhátharta is the manager of the Enterprise and Employment Division within Údarás na Gaeltachta (pronounced oofderross na gailtochta) which is the economic development agency for the Irish speaking regions of Ireland.  The Enterprise and Employment Division is responsible for attracting and developing enterprise in the Gaeltacht regions by supporting entrepreneurs in developing their businesses and driving job creation. 
In 1991, Sinead began her career with Údarás na Gaeltachta as an intern in the accounts department while studying for her professional qualification as a Cost and Management Accountant (CIMA).  During the course of her career, she managed an internet community project as part of the millennium project, worked as a European Liaison Officer in Brussels and as a business development executive in the Connacht Regional office of Údarás na Gaeltachta. She later moved to the Enterprise and Employment Division to work with the Medtech /Lifesciences and HPSUs sectors before taking up her current position as the manager of the Division.
Alex Dossche, Managing Director, Sage Belgium
Alex Dossche has been an entrepreneur since the end of his studies in Communication. He founded companies such as INsoft, TIPSS and The Missing Link (TML), all of which specialized in the development, retail and support of software for start-ups as well as SMEs. DBFACT, TML’s ERP-software, was integrated into Sage’s portfolio in 2012, after which Alex Dossche took the position of Commercial Director & Head of Marketing at the firm. In 2016, he was asked to take the lead of the company and thereby became Managing Director.
Always keep learning, never accept the status-quo and constantly look further ahead: these are just some of the reasons why Alex commits himself to young starters and aspiring entrepreneurs. Not only as a means of inspiring them, but also to be inspired by their passion and creativity.
Irene Cervellera Micheli, Angel Investor for start-ups
Irene began her career at Chase Manhattan Bank (1989-1995), where she worked between London and Milan, eventually becoming co-head of Corporate Finance. A move to London

brought her to Financial PR agency Dewe Rogerson, where she worked from 1995 to 1999 as Country Manager for Italy, advising the then Italian Treasury Minister. Irene’s activity as an “angel” investor for start-ups began in her London days. Irene then moved back to Italy as Head of Investor Relations for Italian food & dairy corporation Parmalat (1999 -2004), before moving to roles as Senior Consultant for Holloway & Ass, then Head of IR and CSR for the insurance company Alleanza Assicurazioni- Generali Group (2006 – 2007). In 2008 she became General Manager of Italian charity association SIF. She was the founder and CEO of Newton (TV production) from 2009 to 2016.

Irene is a member of the board of the Oliver Twist foundation, established by Italian asset management company Kairo’s, and a Trustee of Thomas’s School Foundation. Irene currently serves on the boards of MusiXmatch ( the World's Largest on line Lyrics Catalog) and CharityStar (on line platform for non-profit organizations auctions on line).
Charles Muller, Partner at KPMG, Luxembourg
Charles has been a partner since 2011. He is a member of KPMG global leadership team for investment management in charge of regulation. In 2013, he co-authored, “A practical guide to UCITS funds and their risk management".Prior to joining KPMG, Charles was the Deputy Director General in charge of general and tax affairs, promotion, communication and press relations at Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI). Previous to that he was Deputy Secretary General of Banque Générale du Luxembourg (now BGL BNPParibas).


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